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Ways To Speed a Home Sale

Wish you had a useful checklist of ways to speed up the sale of your home? Once your home is in "show shape" you have optimized your home's appeal allowing buyers to see all the features your property has to offer.

Evaluate: Have a top producing Realtor, an interior decorator or professional organizer walk through your home to evaluate what needs to be updated, repaired or removed.

Repair: Patch damaged walls, Replace cracked floor tiles, Oil squeaky doors, Fix sticky windows, Fix leaky faucets and toilets, Re-caulk tubs and sinks, Replace broken windows and screens

Update: Replace cabinet knobs and pulls, Update lighting and fixtures (if needed), Update blinds (if needed), Replace faucets and shower heads (if needed) Paint: Paint the interior in neutral colors, Paint exterior doors and window trim, Paint shutters, Repaint exterior (if needed)

Brighten: Take down heavy window treatments that block light, Wash all windows, Increase the wattage of light bulbs, Replace dark lamp shades

Depersonalize: Remove family photos, Store knickknacks

De-Clutter: Thin out the books on your shelves, Empty kitchen counters, Place out-of-season clothing in storage, Rent a storage unit to store unheeded items Organize: Organize pantry, closets, basement, garage and shed

Clean: Clean all interior surfaces, Wash windows and doors, Air out and clean in cabinets and under sinks, Power wash exterior of house and sidewalks, Clean outdoor furniture, Clean porch lights of cobwebs and debris

Hide Signs of Pets: Remove pet smells, Hide pet food and bowls, Take pets for a walk during showings or send them to day care during open houses

Stage Inside: Reduce the amount of furniture in each room, Organize furniture to create seating areas and give each part of the home a purpose, Place cut flowers around home during showings

Prune and Landscape: Remove dead plants, Prune or replace overgrown shrubs, Fill open spots with seasonal flowers, Add fresh mulch to beds

Stage Outside: Make sure front porch/entryway is clean and inviting, Use outdoor furniture to create inviting spaces

If you need any assistance preparing your home, we will be happy to recommend a service provider. Please contact our office at 239-472-0004.

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